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about all of that and get all of latest including what's happening out in the state of michigan. but first, we take time out for today's current news update. lisa ferguson's got it out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. americans are calling for a major overhaul of the republican party. especially when it comes to the g.o.p.'s pro rich policies. according to a new bloomberg national poll, 87% of people say it's time for some type of change. even support within the republican party is low. only 16% of g.o.p. members think their party is fine the way it is. nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows favorability is slipping. only 30% of those respondents see the party in a positive light. 45% say they don't approve. at issue here is the view of republicans as the party of the rich. voters say it is time to broaden the base and change what they value. some big topics include gay marriage immigration and abortion rights. if republicans are looking to change their stanc
right now. >> we start with a fox news alert out of lansing, michigan. we're seeing angry and physical confrontations at the state capitol as lawmakers approve the first of two controversial right-to-work bills protecting nonunion workers from being forced to pay union dues. welcome to "america live," everyone, i'm allison cam rat to in for megyn kelly today. the bill could be signed by the governor as early as tomorrow. pro-union protesters responding with shouts of "shame on you" from the gallery as huge crowds mass on the state capitol grounds. we understand police are ready with riot gear in case things turn ugly. thousands of union supporters have been at the statehouse since early today stomping their feet, chanting, as you can hear there, one union boss saying, quote: we're going to take you on and take you out. nearby an angry confrontation breaking out. union protesters apparently storming the tent of the local chapter of conservative group americans for prosperity, tearing it down and then going after some right-to of work supporters -- right-to-work supporters. let's watch t
. bill yes indeed. president obama in michigan, joining the fight against the right-to-work legislation. good morning everybody. it is tuesday december 11. you're watching the full-court press here on current tv and you're listening to it on your local talk radio station and on sirius x.m. this hour. welcome, welcome, welcome to the program. here we go as we tackle the issues of the day here on this tuesday, december 11. and, of course, give. >> chance to get involved in the conversation. not just to hear what's going on but to talk about what it means to you. you can follow us on twitter at bpshow and we'll read a lot of your comments on the air. you can follow us on facebook. facebook.com/billpressshow. you can give us a call at 1-866-55-press and you can join the chat room yourself and talk to other listeners and viewers to the program this morning across the nation. go to current.com. follow the click to the chat room and you are in. you're look good this morning. good to have you on board with te
's hope so. dan lothian for us this morning at the white house. thanks, dan. >>> in michigan unions are bracing for what could be a crippling blow to organized labor. >> ho ho, right to work has got to go. >> michigan, of course, is home to the united auto workers. it is one of the most heavily unionized states in the country. now a lame duck session of the legislature is preparing to pass a sweeping new right to work bill that would severely undermine union power. cnn's alison kosik joins us live from lansing, michigan. alison, i know this was a surprise to some in michigan because governor rick snyder did a bit of an about face on this issue. >> reporter: and some are accusing the governor of really pushing this issue through the state house, and clearly they're not happy with it. you can see how unhappy those opposed to this bill are, just looking at the sheer number of demonstrators who came out last week and are expected to come out this week. thousands are expected to come out between today and tomorrow. president of one teachers union who we spoke with put it this way. she sa
. the republican war on labor unions goes on and on in the state of michigan, from wisconsin to ohio and now to michigan we've got to fight back and we will. plus all of the news of the day. but first, we get the latest. start off with today's current news update from lease a ferguson standing buy out in los angeles. hi, lease a. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. as bill mentioned, president obama is taking his fiscal cliff campaign back on the road again today. he is headed today redford, michigan where he will tour a diesel plant and speak to middle class workers. he will push his plan to raise encloses above 250 -- to raise taxes above $250,000 a year. president obama met with house speaker boehner for the first time in more than three weeks. the house is still refuseing to pass obama's tax plan much less agree to other policies. josh earnest is not giving any details into yesterday's. some republicans are coming around on improving higher tax rates for the wealthy. bob corker said on fox news sunday, obama does have the upper hand on taxes
'reilly factor" is on. tonight violence breaks out in michigan over the state giving workers the option not to join unions. we'll show you how the networks covered this intense story. >> are you going to be able to raise taxes, yes or no? >> taxes are going to go up one with acor the other. >> bill: miss walters will be here and dennis miller will have some thoughts on the situation. >> we're young -- >> bill: anger growing over new tv program that mocks white people in west virginia. >> whatever happens happens. >> bill: caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. "the factor" begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching. violence in michigan. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. last night i opined that hate speech is a vie lint act because it incites people to harm the target of the speech. now we're seeing speech leading to actual physical violence in michigan. the issue is a new state law that allows michigan work force legally opt out of joining a union. president obama and most union leadersship despise the law saying it will h
some have fled benghazi. jenna: a big day for michigan, one of the most pro-labor states historically in this nation about to become a right-to-work state. the uns are not going down without a fight. they are staging massive protests. i'm jenna lee. rick: i'm rick folbaum in for jon scott. as massive amounts of demonstrators state troopers with tear gas and batons stand at the ready. governor rick snyder vowing to sign the right to work legislation as soon at it hits his desk. the measure means employees will decide for themselves whether they want to join and financially support a union the governor says that could create more jobs, others are worried that the legislation could weaken the union's power and lead to lower wages for everyone. >> it is a big deal because what they want us to do, they want to reduce workers down to working for less. it is not about, more jobs. the jobs are going to be there. about what conditions you work under. we want to basically work, rite to work and have benefits and feed the middle class like we were. and this legislation is trying to reduce the mi
of the united states steps into a very intense political fight in michigan and he's definitely taking sides. we're also looking into what's behind the dramatically lower prices showing up at gas stations near you. and life-saving television. we have an amazing look at an underground tv channel run by rebel fighters in one of the most dangerous cities in the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama getting into a new fight with republicans and it's a fight he may actually lose. this afternoon in detroit, the president blasted a package of anti-union bills. michigan republicans, governor, is ush pushing through his state's legislature. >> what we shouldn't do, i just got to say this, what we shouldn't be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. >> even though the cheering went on for nearly half a minute, it looks like those anti-union bills may, in fact, have enough support to pass michigan's legislature, despite union threats of massive demonstrations. cnn's alison kosik is in the capital, lanc
to have an armed staff member and called gun control advocates naive. michigan will not allowed concealed carry in schools or churches. governor rick snyder vetoed that bill saying public institutions need the legal authority to ban weapons from their building if they choose. on both sides of the aisle opening up the gun control debate. speaker boehner is calling for a republican discussion on guns. in a closed door meeting, he did placate conservatives saying he will not do anything major but it is time to depoliticize the gun issue. the nra is ending its silence planning to hold a major news conference on friday. later this morning, president obama will formally announce his new task force on reducing gun violence. that's led by vice president joe biden. more bill coming up after the break. stay with us. let's rock and roll. there is so much going on that every day presents another exciting issue. from financial regulation, iran getting a nuclear bomb, civil war in syria, fraud on wall street, destruction of medicare and medicaid. there are real issues
to push through this right to work. >> this is interesting actually. michigan is a heavily unionized state so why would it be going right to work. there's enormous downward pressure on wages on american companies around the world that can make things cheaper elsewhere than here and our wages are uncompetitive in a lot of ways. in effect what people in michigan have to decide, do you want fewer jobs at higher wages or lower jomore jobs at lower w they have decided they want more jobs. >> you look at michigan and detroit, that's a pretty easy answer. >> the unemployment rate. >> the unemployment rate is horrible. detroit in 1960, i think, was one of the wealth nest city if not the wealthiest city in america and now one of the poorest. >> the fourth largest. >> this is a done deal, going through the house today, to a republican governor and says he will sign it. >> it's symbolic of two things, one, the politics of it all, what we've seen in wisconsin and elsewhere and the unpopularity of unions these days and secondly an economic phenomenon, basically a statement we want jobs and we're willin
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work rules that they support. >> you only have to look to michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how unions have helped build not just a stronger middle class, but a strong america. [. [cheers and applause] ] >> those remarks delivered on december 10th in michigan at the damler detroit diesel plant before michigan voted to make that state the birthplace of manufacturing unions a right-to-work state. heather: unions expect something in return for all their financial and voter support ever the president, correct? >> reporter: they sure do. but with a divided congress there is little the president can accomplish legislate late i havlegislative lee. that's why he turned to recess employees to return the favors to big labor. heather. heather: doug mcelway live for us in washington, thank you, doug. gregg: venezuela's president hugo chavez is suffering new complications from cancer surgery according to his vice president who describes his condition as delicate. steve harrigan has the latest live from miami. steve. >> reporter: gregg, hugo chavez has
of the antiquated work rules they support. >> you only have to look to michigan where workers were instrumental in reviving the auto industry to see how unions have helped build, not just a stronger middle class but aing frommer america. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: those remarks delivered on december 10th in michigan at daimler detroit diesel plant, just a day before michigan voted to make that state the very birthplace of manufacturing unions a right-to-work state, uma. uma: doug, thank you so much for that update. jon: now breaking news involving one of the fiercest critics of the united states on the international stage. venezuelan president hugo chavez reportedly taking a turn for the worse after his cancer surgery in cuba. his condition said to be delicate right now. steve harrigan live from miami with details. steve? >> reporter: jon, three weeks ago hugo chavez underwent his fourth operation in cuba for undisclosed form of cancer. according to venezuela ann officials he has respiratory infection. it is not clear how rapid his recovery will be. what is clear he made no public state
in their homes by sunday. good luck with that. bill: from a cash-strapped detroit, michigan. we shared this with you last hour. this is city council member pleading on behalf of the white house to deliver the goods for detroit to help it out with, help the city out with its current economic situation. have a listen to what was said in part and we'll explain more. >> after the election of jimmy carter mayor coleman alexander young, he went to washington, d.c. he came back with some bacon. that's what you do. that's what you do. this is, our people in after overwhelmingly supported the re-election of this president. there ought to be a quid pro quo and you also exercise leadership on that. of course not just that but why not? bill: so this is something that is being debated today. we talked about it last hour with stuart varney. what stuart's point was, if you start with detroit where do you end? if you go west into illinois, further west into california there is economic trouble all over the american landscape. martha: once you start pulling on the string a whole lot will fall apart. bi
to collective bargaining and rights. it comes after a similar rally outside michigan governor's rick snyder's office. >> this legislation is not about anything except an attack on worker's right and what we fought for for generations. >> the right to work legislation could be signed into law as soon as next week. >>> california is anticipating a possible shortage of teachers. they have seen a 30% drop in the number of people getting teaching credentials. researchers say they blame the slow job markets andial pink slips for would be teachers. the state began early kindergarten next year and the age of school age children is rising. >>> they have decided to allow more meats and grains for school lunches after getting new rules that set limits. they were meant to prevent childhood obesity and they said they are not getting enough during the school day. then drop the caps on meat and grains and make sure they get a good lunch. >>> they received 35,000 rubber duck that is are toxic for young children. the toys contain high level of the chemical phalate, used to soften plastic. it can cause birth
icy conditions in the u.p. of michigan, plenty of sunshine through southern california, look for fog along the southeastern atlantic coast. plenty of sunshine here in the northeast, but temperatures anywhere from 5 to 10 degrees below average. that's what's going on around the country, but first, we're going to get your local forecast right after this. >> good morning. we will see plenty of sunshine today. high temperature this afternoon, a few degrees below average. >>> that's your latest weather. here's savannah. >>> new movement this morning to try and avoid the fiscal cliff. some republicans are considering abandoning their staunch opposition to higher tax rates according to recent reports. alan simpson was co-chair on the commission of fiscal responsibility. he's a co-founder of fix the debt campaign and joins us now. senator simpson, good morning, it's great to see you. >> great pleasure to be off the witness protection program and come here. but what even more fun, david brubeck used to come to wyoming a great deal. he and his family, lovely people. i did not know he had passe
. houston, texas, breaking a record yesterday of 83 degrees. delaware, georgetown, 73. flint michigan, 65 degrees, all going do come to an end. we have a pattern shift on the way. all of the cold air has been bottled up across canada but a dip in the jet stream and the cold air is going to spill southward so temperatures in the 20's and 30's tonight and into the weekend as things start to change and it feels more seasonal. trace? >>trace: back to normal, good to see you. >> president obama is preparing to ask congress for additional emergency aid money for victims of super storm sandy. the final price tag is $50 billion. that is according to multiple sources in washington, dc but the states hardest hit asked for more, new york, new jersey and connecticut have asked for $82 billion in aid as lawmakers debate spending cuts linked to the upcoming fiscal cliff. the deadly storm destroyed or otherwise damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses knocking out power to millions of people along the northeast coast. be careful what you say in front your television because one day soon it
with all of it. >> no doubt about it new survey out from reuters, michigan in early december we saw consumer sentiment drop to the lowest level that we have seen since august. that suggests, according to analysts that the increased taxes they are expecting from this fiscal crisis is weighing on consumer spending right now. the other side of this though, of course, is vice president biden went to a diner today to talk to some middle class folks and he basically said he has been talking to business leaders to say the converse of this is if there is a fiscal deal business leaders tell him the economy will be unleashed. take a listen. >> the upside is even bigger than the downside. they are ready to move they have well over a trillion dollars out there continue to vest if they think that the economy is going to move. >> and i have been talking to officials in both pears who say that has been the most surprising thing to leaders in washington here in private is that the markets have remained relatively stable despite this uncertainty here in washington. it will take though just one or tw
there are new concerns that a serial killer could be loose in michigan. a discovery in a drainpipe outside detroit. this is the second time in four months they have found human remains. police have sent the remains to a lab in texas for testing. they want to find out if the remains match a body found four months ago. that belonged to an unidentified female. >> so happy to not be at the airport. one of the busiest travel times of the entire year whether you are heading home for christmas or setting off on a winter holiday get away folks are racing to get where they need to be. the weather isn't exactly helping us. it is really complicated travel plans for so many. storm-related delays and cancellations and leaving passengers stranded. so as we get closer to christmas, will things turn around? david lee miller live from laguardia in queens. how is it looking there? >> jaime, passengers will get a welcome christmas gift this year. very few delays and cancellations two days before christmas. look at the arrivals and the departure board here at the american airlines terminal. every flight liste
wisconsin is really starting to take the brunt of this and beginning to snow hard now in northern michigan. we'll pick up an additional six to ten inches in northern michigan and wisconsin. but it's the winds that are making it very difficult for the plows to keep up with. we have winds gusting from wichita to des moines, above 40 miles per hour this morning. so travel in the midwest, very dangerous. and i'll continue to give you any updates here on "morning joe." when i hear more information of the mobile area in alabama, possibly struck by a tornado within the last half hour. you're watching "morning joe." we're brewed by starbucks. this family used capital one venture miles to come home for the holidays. that's double miles you can actually use... sadly, their brother's white christmas just got "blacked out." [ brother ] but it's the family party! really jingles your bells, doesn't it? my gift to you! the capital one venture card! for any flight, any time! that's double miles you can actually use! how illuminating. what's in your wallet? let me guess, am i on the naughty list again? ho
, and then finally on friday they announced con congress woman candace miller republican from michigan would take over the house administration committee. by the way, houseat admin is a reasonably powerful panel, not one of the prestick prestigious a panel. it's not inconsequential. it was clear they underwent so much pressure they had to make a little change. >> they didn't have to create a new committee just so they could have -- caller: not quite that far. >> bill: that was a pr body blow there for a while. caller: probably wasn't their ideal situation. >> bill: 29 days to go. it will probably be day number 27 before we any resolution of this. this. we will check back with you again. >> thanks. >> thanks reid wilson national journal, reid wilson is the editor in chief. >> this is "the bill press show." museum but when joint pain and stiffness from psoriatic arthritis hit even the smallest things became difficult. i finally understood what serious joint pain is like. i talked to my rheumatologist and he prescribed enbrel. enbrel can help relieve pain, stiffnes
, michigan, a republican caller. go ahead, frank. caller: yes. look, first of all, we need to find out like exactly who is mentally ill and who's not mentally ill and the rimets need to be like finish if someone lives in a house who is mentally ill, obviously, we cannot have weapons of any kind within their range. that's what the law should be. the law shouldn't be we shouldn't just outlaw all weapons we should just outlaw anyone who is obviously with mental issues. the guy who in virginia tech, he had a depression issue. he went to a doctor and still somehow got his hands on two .9 millimeter weapons and you can't tell me that the guy in colorado didn't have mental issue. you can just look at the guy and know that there's something wrong there. we just with to keep the weapons like out of the household or how far range for these people who have mental health. host: frank, the questions that you pose, who are the mentally ill, we will ask those types of questions tomorrow on "washington journal." we're going to have a roundtable discussion with a republican and a democrat who co chair the m
. >>> and a major blow to union rights in michigan. republican lawmakers there have pushed through right-to-work bills. hundreds of activists stormed the capitol, protesting the legislation, which would ban unions from requiring employees to pay fees. >>> and a frightening scene for holiday shoppers this morning. an escalator at a macy's in suburban seattle malfunctioned. breaking apart and leaving four people slightly injured, including two toddlers. officials there say a mechanical failure is to blame. >>> and finally, perhaps, if nothing else, evidence that someone up there must be watching. look at what happens when a tennessee jewelry store clerk tries to make a sale. out of nowhere, that's an suv, through the front glass. nearly taking out both clerk and customer. both were shaken up. but remarkably, best news of all, no one was hurt. >> no one was hurt. we love that line. >> incredible. >> we do. >> just amazing. >> thanks, josh. >>> we have the latest on the fiscal cliff, just 25 days before everyone's taxes go up and every government program is cut. there were some baby steps ye
,000 years? my grandmother in a farm in michigan had a ring telephone, no electricity, a outhouse and she watched the first guy walk on the moon. >> i would like to see the next generation leave footprints like we left on the moon. i hope that happens. >> fly me to the moon airs tonight, 9:00 eastern. you do not want to miss it. >> last week two republican senators presented their version of the dream act. could it been the g.o.p. answer to immigration? we'll talk to texas senator kay bailey hutchison will the act and more. >>> also a school in little rock plans a voluntary trip to see a charlie brown christmas play at a church and steps into the crossfire of a culture war. it's the real deal and it's coming up. [ female announcer ] food, meet flavor. flavor, meet food. it's time for swanson flavor boost. concentrated broth in easy to use packets. mix it into skillet dishes, for an instant dose of... hell-o! [ female announcer ] get recipes at flavorboost.com. starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just
$773 million to expand six manufacturing plants in southeastern michigan. the investment will add more than 2,300 jobs in the state and it's part of ford's pledge in october to add 12,000 jobs and invest more than $6 billion in the u.s. by 2015. >>> sticking with our auto theme "consumer reports" is out with the list of best value cars. alison kosik at the new york stock exchange and ready to ride. good morning. >> good morning. >> which car came out on top this year? >> the top spot this year goes to, drum roll, please, drrrr -- there you go, the toyota prius. this is what "consumer reports" found. it divided the lils st of the b value cars by type of vehicle. the prius came out not just on top in the small hatchback category but also as the best value among all 2013 model year cars. to figure out these rankings, the magazine takes into account how much it costs to own one, how the car performs, how reliable it is and "consumer reports" estimates a prius costs 49 cents a mile to own and if you've got kids the camry hybrid, that topped the family sedan category. "consumer reports" says
'hare ripple effect, you can thank the guy who built lake michigan but next to chicago. as we look at the board, no red color. there are some flight cancellations out of o'hare, but they are due to a myriad of reasons, mechanical problems, bad weather, and icy roads where the planes have to win. big crowds right now, but that is because there are so many people. some 200,000 people are going over the holidays. going through chicago o'hare alone. he will have crowds for a visa to get to the airport early. busiest travel day of the year. but it looks like you're going home to see grandma from airborne to make it. bill: some people are criticizing cancellations because some snow did not hit in certain areas. what's going on? reporter: wisconsin, in particular, they got some 20 inches of snow were madison is located. about 30,000 people without power there. the northern two thirds of indiana are also without power and tons of snow. central indiana also had snow. also, chicago is cooking along. the snow turned to rain things to the great lakes. bill: thank you, mike. martha: poor visibility is being
across areas in chicago, northern parts of the state of indiana that into michigan. on the southern end of the storm system we have showers and thunderstorms in louisiana, mississippi and tennessee. eventually both of these areas will be coming together and moving towards the northeast. i do quickly want to point out between these areas we're actually seeing freezing rain falling early this morning across places in arkansas and northern texas. please drive carefully out there. that is outside the city of memphis as well. western portions of state of tennessee dealing with possible icing on the roadways. otherwise a number of winter weather advisories issued for the state of new jersey, pennsylvania and across the mid-atlantic where we're expecting to see some accumulation of snowfall. interior sections of the northeast, you're not expecting too much snow. the storm will be quick mover. many areas will see the snow including new york city and places in upstate new york and pennsylvania of the by sunday the storm is gone leaving behind some windy conditions. here is a look at the computer
friend lucky to be alive after getting stuck in an icy pond in michigan. a man was out for a walk with his dog when the dog wandered on to the pond and broke through the ice. his cousin went to get the dog only to fall through the ice himself. >> my wife called the 911 and we got the rescue there, and my cousin, lance, got waders and he went to the dog and crawled on his belly on the ice and got to him. then the -- lifted the dog on the ice and rescue put a boat there and hauled him into the boat and the dog was all set. the deeper he got out, the more ice was cracking. you couldn't get to him. so yeah, h
. it was a close call on lake erie in michigan yesterday. the doll fell in the water. when somebody went to rescue the dog, he fell in the water. frozen up to his waist. a rescuer came up with a boat and pulled them both to safety. owner and dog are doing just fine this morning. >> glad to see that because it doesn't always work out that way. >> no. glad it did. >> four days from now it will be january 1st. 8% reach their goal. of course, the most popular resolution is to lose weight. and one of the most anticipated new weight loss books is thinner this year. a diet and exercise program for living strong, thinner, around sexy. it's written by nutritionist chris crowley and jen sacheck. you need both to do it. >> hard. >> there's science to it. >> there's heavy science and we tell you all about it in the book. >> we know what happens when we eat junk food. we get father, but what happens inside the body? >> a lot of things happen. we eat too much we gain fat and it's toxic. it surrounds our vital organs causes a toxic disease. it's killing us. >> there's two things here what yo
conditions in the u.p. of michigan. plenty of sunshine in southern california. look for showers along the southeastern atlanta coast into florida. plenty of sunshine. temperatures from five to ten degrees below average. that's what's going on around the country. we are going to get your local forecast after this. >>> good morning. cold dawn this thursday morning. i'm storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. coldest temperatures we have seen this december. low to mid-20s in maryland and west virginia. we are going to stay below freezing for a couple hours. by noontime, ought to be in the mid-40s with clouds coming and going. clouding up tonight. cloudy period from friday to the weekend. a slight chance of sprinkles with a high near >>> that's your latest weather. here's savannah. >>> new movement this morning to try and avoid the fiscal cliff. some republicans are considering abandoning their staunch opposition to higher tax rates according to recent reports. alan simpson was co-chair on the commission of fiscal responsibility. he's a co-founder of fix the debt campaign and joins us now
, for example. >> yeah. >> bill: good point. and here is paul calling from brighton michigan. hey, paul. >> caller: how you doing bill? >> bill: thank you. >> caller: i've been a fan of yours for decades. >> bill: thank you. >> caller: i want to get your opinion on the idiotic republican talking point that lowering taxes on rich people stimulates the economy. i have a degree in economics and my dad was an economics professor. and i know that it's the opposite. >> bill: yeah. >> caller: to stimulate the economy, you have to tax rich people who are just sitting on that money. they're refusing to use it to help the economy. and the government uses that money to put people to work, rebuilding bridges schools hiring people to inspect our food so we don't die from eating peanut butter or getting shots. >> bill: amen, amen. hey, paul, it has been proven, right? right, igor? we had eight years. >> in great growth and great jobs. in a consumer-based economy where people have to buy -- you have to participate in busin
it's my pleasure to yield to the gentleman from michigan, mr. upton. mr. upton: i rise with so many to honor a really good friend, jay pearson. years ago, i came to capitol hill as a congressionalade. i had the pleasure of work -- congressional aide. my job was what's going on. make sure my boss, the president of the united states, in essence, knew what was going on. that meant i had to have a direct line right here. this was before c-span. you couldn't turn on the tv and watch what's going on. and by the way, mr. petri, there's 30 million people watching tonight as we honor jay pearson. but he had to know what was going on and jay was my contact. he was my link. he would let me know what was going on and i have to say that when i probably surprised a few people and became a member and actually had a voting card here, he still had my back. he really did. there's probably not a week, probably not a week that we've been in session but even when we've been out of session that i haven't called his office to find out what's going on and with -- and be able to share my colleagues and do t
pension costs for government employees. michigan passing a right to work law so you don't have to join a union in one of the most unionized states anywhere and demise of twinkies when a bakers union refused to accept any concessions at all on retirement costs. it is always money at heart of the these disputes and unions seem to be getting harder and harder edged about this. let's remember unions represent less than 7% of the private workforce in this nation. they represent 40% of the government workers. here we've got a private union strike that could happen starting this coming sunday t could be crippling. which means they will sell it fast. heather: neither said no to renewing talks. the national trade associations, they have even appealed to president obama use the taft-hartley injunction to hold off this strike for 80 days. >> reporter: right. to force them to get back to the table and negotiate. you have to wonder how this will turn out. i wish them luck on both sides. heather: thank you so much, dennis. >> reporter: thank you, heather the. gregg: snow, rain, freezing drizzle maki
rogers of michigan. chairman, thanks very much for coming in. so you've gone through this report. the classify, the declassified version, what's your reaction. >> well, a couple of concern. one of the concerns i have is, first of all, it certainly verified all that we had found, and we had talked about for weeks, of really what is gross negligence on behalf of the security directorates. and clearly to this report, there are other departments that were involved, i think, in that intelligence. that's clear to me in the report. >> because you told us the other day, gross negligence. those were the words you used. >> well, the one thing that concerned me is that the report said that we found all of those problems, but we find no one to have disciplinary action toward. that's concerning to me. that protects the culture. they blamed it on their bureaucracy. so if everybody is responsible, nobody is responsible. that's a huge problem. this was a catastrophic failure. >> because the report does say, security posture at that diplomatic mission, security posture that was inadequate for ben
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